Poynter to Feature Horowitz in Webinar on the ‘Columnist’s Voice’

Rick Horowitz

Rick Horowitz

Rick Horowitz — a longtime member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and occasional workshop presenter at its annual conferences — will be featured in a webinar presented by the Poynter Institute’s News University.

“The hour-long program, “Connecting as a Columnist: Your Voices, Your Choices,” will be aired live at 2 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, Oct. 1. Poynter’s registration fee of $29.95 includes access to the live stream then to the archived podcast and other features of News University.

Horowitz, Wordsmith in Chief for his Prime Prose LLC, gave details on Facebook in early September:

“Hey, Fellow Opinionizers: I’m excited to let you know that the Poynter Institute, America’s leading training center for journalists, has asked me to lead an October 1 webinar that should be of particular interest to NSNC members. …

“Those of you who took part in our workshop/conversation at this year’s gathering in Indy know how important voice can be in establishing and maintaining a columnist’s identity. We also talked about some of the many factors that can contribute to creating, strengthening, even varying that voice.

“Here’s a chance for you to learn even more about this vital topic. (Or maybe you were laughing too hard to take good notes the first time around.) And for those of you who weren’t in Indy, or who slept late on a Saturday morning, here’s your chance to pick up plenty of helpful pointers, too — and in a convenient middle-of-the-day, one-hour, online format! You’ll be able to submit questions and take part in viewer polls in real time. And if you can’t make the livecast, you’ll still have access to the replay, plus bonus resources on the Poynter website. …

“I hope you’ll check it out, sign up, and spread the word to your columnizing colleagues; it’s sure to be a valuable and entertaining session. And that’s even before you get to the singing.”

Technical details to access “Connecting as a Columnist: Your Voices, Your Choices”  are at the News University page for the class. The page emphasizes that Rick’s tips are for “anyone who opines online, over the air or in print.”

Poynter notes that “this screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host,” adding the class may last a bit past the one hour. The fee entitles participants to the podcast, plus extra features, even if they are unable to access the class live.

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